It is hard to believe that September is almost over. I just returned from a great Week Without Walls in Yogyakarta with our seventh graders. We participated in several traditional Indonesian experiences, including planting rice, making batik, touring a bakpia factory, and visiting the Prambanan and Borobudur temples. We all enjoyed learning their histories and seeing the carvings and statues. I was very proud of the kids, as many of them faced new experiences and challenges, including catching eels and being away from home for the week. They will have life long memories that will help them as they grow into teenagers and young adults. I got to know the students better and it was fun to see the students connect and build stronger bonds with each other.
Over the past month I have been visiting the elementary classrooms, reading stories about the importance of friendships. I recently visited grade 2, where I did a lesson on Growth Mindset and the Power of Yet. As we approach college application season, our twelfth graders are working on BridgeU to help prepare them to apply to universities. BridgeU is an online platform to explore universities and degrees, and students are able to use it for the Common Application and letters of recommendations. I will be introducing BridgeU to the rest of the high school later in the year.
The first six weeks of school have gone by quickly for me. I look forward to continuing to work with the students, staff and families here at SIS and helping to make it a great year.